ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2013) – The California Horse Racing Board unanimously approved a new mini-satellite wagering facility at a bar/restaurant in downtown San Diego in spite of the objections of a representative for the San Diego Padres. The approval was for a five-year license.
Caroline Perry, associate general counsel of the Major League Baseball team, said the Tilted Kilt Pub and Restaurant "is literally on the doorstep" of Petco Park, the Padres' stadium. She contended that that the proposed wagering facility falls under the definition of a "casino" and violates the declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions of the East Village Square Owners. She promised the Padres would take legal action to enforce the restrictions.
"The issue of gambling in and around baeball is of greatest concern," Perry said. "While we understand that this intended for wagering on horse racing, we believe that it will attract bookies that do accept wagers on baseball."
Commissioners responded that the proposed mini-satellite is legal under California law and that the Tilted Kilt had complied with city requirements in acquiring the necessary permits. It has a waiver from Del Mar and its satellite wagering facility, Surfside, to operate within a 20-mile radius of the track, CHRB staff reported.
The pub and restaurant, located at 310 Tenth Ave., could be ready to operate as a mini-satellite in as little as two weeks, said Rick Baedeker, representing Southern California Off Track Wagering Inc. He said a formal grand opening of the betting parlor would be held after this year's Super Bowl. The facility is expected to have up to 10 self-service or clerk-operated wagering terminals, 26 LCD television sets, and capacity for 228 patrons.